About Dr. Mally

Dr. James Mally is a massage teacher, educational content producer, and creator of MassageLibrary.com. He has been doing massage professionally since 1976 and teaching massage classes since 1979. His initial training was a 1000-hour massage program at Lindsey Hopkins School in Miami. He later attended Bastyr University in Seattle where he graduated as a Naturopathic Doctor in 1984.

In 1990 he founded Healing Arts Institute, a California state-approved massage therapy school. He owned and directed the school until 2011, and graduated over 3000 massage therapists during that time.

He produced his first massage video, Deep Tissue Massage, in 1996. The video employed a 3-D computer skeleton and is believed to be the first massage video to use 3-D computer graphics. He went on to produce other videos (now DVDs) and workbooks on Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Side Lying Massage, and Massage Cupping. These DVDs and workbooks are being used in massage schools worldwide. His Side Lying Massage DVD has been translated into Japanese and is very popular in Japan.

Dr. Mally sold his massage school in 2011 so he could have more time to see massage clients and to develop, practice, and refine massage techniques. He operates a teaching practice where he works with massage therapists and their problem clients, sharing assessment techniques and strategies to help the clients. Selling the school also allowed Dr. Mally to travel more to teach his workshops internationally, do more DVD production, and to develop an online massage library at www.massagelibrary.com.

Dr. Mally was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2018.


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Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Pain – Des Moines, Iowa

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


When a client presents with low back pain, you need to know how to properly assess the cause of the pain and to formulate effective treatment strategies.

This workshop covers the evaluation and treatment of some of the most common back pain conditions, including:

  • Flexion Intolerant Back Pain Extension Intolerant Back Pain Disc Herniation
    Facet Joint Pain Spondylolisthesis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatic Pain and Piriformis Syndrome
  • “Back Mice”
  • Cluneal Nerve Entrapment

Expand your toolbox of assessment and treatment strategies through a series of demonstrations and practice of these techniques:

  • Nerve Glide Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Strain-Counterstrain
  • Resistance Release work

Extensive notes will be provided with this class.
Please bring a massage table, and shorts and a sports bra for women.

Click here or call 916-847-9304 to register for the class.

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Please note that although the workshop venue is at Franklin Junior High School, your certificate will be from Hands On Healing. Franklin Junior High School closed in 1978 and the building is now being used for other purposes.

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April 14
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Hands On Healing


Franklin Junior High School
4801 Franklin Ave., Room 148
Des Moines, IA 50310 United States
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